I have no recollection of life before this place. I moved here when I was two. I was about to experience the bouquet of my first wine cellar. It was Penfolds and it was the vintage of 1975. My father contributed to many vintages here and it was my good fortune to have the culture of this place woven into my early years. Indeed since then I have enjoyed many privileged experiences working with and observing some of the great winemakers of the Barossa, each with their own unique way of crafting wine – without their encouragement, Ruggabellus might have remained solely an idea to this day.
Emma and I love drinking wine with food. We love wines with grace and intrigue. We live on Peramangk country in the Barossa valley in southern Australia. This is our home. We have taken great pleasure in exploring its strengths – an ancient landscape, with a great resource of young and very old vines.
For fourteen years now we have been purchasing and growing small parcels of Grenache, Mataro, Cinsault, Syrah, Riesling, Semillon and Muscat. We are keen to understand the uniquely Australian character of our wines, therefore we are attracted to vineyards that have an innate balance to them – a balance that might provide the vines with a good chance of developing flavour whilst not losing any of their natural vitality. These vineyards are rare and are to be treasured. The privilege of working with such parcels of fruit has led to surprise’s and provided knowledge, over time giving us the confidence and wisdom to focus on guiding, rather than controlling our wines.
TIMAEUS (honour) – Grenache
EFFERUS (untamed) – Mataro
ARCHAEUS (soul of a place) – Syrah
QUOMODO (in which way) – Riesling
SOLUMODO (the solo way) – Semillon
FLUUS (flow) – lighter weight, a great introduction to the style of red wine we make
SALLIO (to season) – an introduction to the skin fermented, textured style of white wine we make
Thank you for your interest in our wines. We sincerely hope you enjoy them and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have,
Abel, Emma, Bailin and Rouille.